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Clinton Fact Check: FBI's Comey Exposed Five False Claims

07-06-2016
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Hillary Clinton has said in the past that she made a mistake by using a private email server, but a new fact check shows she did more than just make a mistake.

CBN News has examined and added to an Associated Press analysis about the scandal, which debunks some of Clinton's reactions after being caught bypassing secured government email protocols.

The fact check compares Clinton's earlier statements with the scathing revelations from the announcement made by FBI Director James Comey, who called Clinton and her aides "extremely careless" on Tuesday.

CLINTON CLAIM #1: She Turned Over All Work-Related Emails

The FBI found Clinton did not turn in thousands of her work-related messages, even though she claimed she turned everything over.

Clinton: "I responded right away and provided all my emails that could possibly be work related." - News conference, March 2015.

Comey said his forensic team examined Clinton's server and found there were "several thousand work-related emails that were not in the group of 30,000" that Clinton turned in.

CLINTON CLAIM #2: She Never Sent or Received Classified Emails

The FBI found that Clinton's server contained at least 113 emails with material that was classified at the time, some of which included classified markings, and some of which contained top secret material and referred to a highly classified special access program.

Clinton had claimed none of the emails were classified or were even marked as classified when she sent or received them.

Clinton: "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material." - News conference, March 2015.

Comey: "Seven email chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received."

Comey: "Any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton's position or in the position of those with whom she was corresponding about the matters should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation."

Comey: "Even if information is not marked classified in an email, participants who know, or should know, that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it."

CLINTON CLAIM #3: She Created the Personal Email Server so She Could Use Just One Device

The FBI pointed out that Clinton used many devices to send and receive email.

Clinton had claimed her reason for setting up the personal server in the basement of her home was so she would only have to carry one device.

Clinton: "I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for personal emails instead of two." - News conference, March 2015.

Comey: Clinton "used numerous mobile devices to view and send email."

CLINTON CLAIM #4: She Says there Was No Breach

The FBI revealed that hackers had accessed the accounts of people Clinton emailed directly and would have therefore had access to some of her emails.

Director Comey also made clear that a direct hack cannot be ruled out, pointing out that sophisticated hackers from foreign governments could have been able to access the server without leaving any evidence.

Clinton: "There were no security breaches." - News conference, March 2015.

Comey: "We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial email accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account."

Comey: "We assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton's personal email account."

CLINTON CLAIM #5: She Says the Personal Server Was Secure

Clinton: "The use of that server, which started with my husband, certainly proved to be effective and secure." - News conference, March 2015.

Comey: Clinton's personal server was "not even supported by full-time security staff like those found at agencies and departments of the United States government or even with a commercial email service like Gmail."

Comey: FBI investigators learned Clinton's security lapses included using "her personal email extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related emails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries."

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